Number one: It isn’t February anymore (I am not a complainer…but I have had about enough already of the snow!)
Number two: Those little seed packets start popping up in the store and we get to start planning for spring!
And number three: cabbage!
I know boring, right?
Doesn’t have to be! And when you are a family on a tight budget and still want to eat real, whole, nourishing food, come St Patrick’s Day season, cabbage is about as cheap as it gets!
I did grow up with a Spanish version of cabbage rolls using saffron and other spices…and they are so good. But this mama of 3 under 5 years old just doesn’t have time for roll wrappin’! And we don’t have a budget to indulge in saffron (if you do I totally recommend it! It tastes SO good!).
So this is a stir fry based on the cabbage roll – this feeds my family for 2 dinners, although on this night it was barely 1 since everyone, including the kids, had second helpings!
Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls
- 2 cups cooked organic long grain white rice 1 cup dry (If you are grain free use chopped potatoes!)
- ¼ cup friendly fat to cook in
- 1 medium onion chopped
- ½ head cabbage sliced thin
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large tomato seeded and juices scooped out, chopped (OR if it isn’t tomato season and the tomatoes at the store are looking sad, you can use a 15oz can of diced tomatoes)
- 2-3 cups cooked chicken from your weekly chicken See Tips section for how do this – EASY!
- 1-2 tsp all purpose season
- Sea salt/pepper to taste
- Sauté the onion and cabbage in the friendly fat until onions and cabbage soften and caramelize a bit. Add a few pinches of sea salt while it’s cooking to bring out their juices and let them sweeten up. This will take a good 10 minutes or longer.
- While the onions and cabbage are cooking, cook up your rice in a separate pot.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients to the cabbage and onions, and cook through on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes.
- Add the cooked rice when it is done and stir through. Season to taste.
- If you are grain free use chopped potatoes, and fry them up alongside the cabbage and onions.
- You can change up the seasoning to your family’s taste for cabbage rolls. Like I said, my family recipe used saffron and it is super yum!
- HERE is how you can crockpot a chicken or 2 every week or so and have meat for simple, quick dinners like this!
- Leftovers heat through beautiful in the pan the next day, and make a great lunch!